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Have coughing spasm and weak pelvic floor. Had it earlier. Healing time?

Beginning of January had a cough which lasted for a month was bringing up horrible dirty muchus think this was a chest infection my son aged 41 also got it he eventually went to GP as he's never ill was put on antibiotics.they said he was very close to having pneumonia. I now am into my fourth week of my second bout with the added aggravation of weak pelvic floor sometimes I have a coughing spasm which is quite disturbing .have not been to my GP as I know they don't want to give you anything I look after my son's baby twins who seem like little germ factories & also their 4year old brother am unable to take time off as he &his wife are so busy with running their businesses but with the pelvic floor this is making me feel quite down can you advise me as to what action I should take or do I just wait for it to clear on it's own as before I think it is easing as I had a good nights sleep last night .
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

A cough can last up to 6 weeks in a viral illness. Understandably , if you have pelvic floor weakness the cough could then lead to episodes of incontinence which would be disturbing to anyone.

To reduce the coughing ,if it is still significant you can consider using a cough suppressant which should be available at your local pharmacy. In addition some aspects of persistent viral coughing may be related to post nasal dripping of mucus so if you can obtain a cough suppressant combined with a decongestant that would be good.

If it still persists beyond the 6 weeks you may want to visit your doctor for an evaluation.

I hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 16 May 2013
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